The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Lenten heroes

'Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example ...' (1 Peter 2:21)

It seems strange to think about Lent as I write this during Christmastide, but I'm learning more and more how these seasons make the same point: Christ entered into our suffering and suffered for us. In response, we are empowered also to share the sufferings of our brothers and sisters.

We don't hear much of that at Christmastime — and less and less do churches really observe Lent. Lots of church growth experts tell us to avoid such Lenten practices as thinking about our sinfulness, lament and silence, and meditating on Christ's sufferings. These things won't "attract" people in our electronic, upbeat, noisy, kaleidoscopic world.

But it's also a suffering world.

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